Information Society for the South

The Information Society for the South was an umbrella project of IT for Change, that aimed at pushing the boundaries of Southern scholarship on the information society and ICTD domain. We successfully built a body of knowledge critiquing dominant ICT policy frameworks, and moving towards evolving alternatives that move beyond one-size-fits-all solutions. Key outputs from the project are:

--The Political Economy of the Information Society

--From Social Enterprises to Mobiles—Seeking a Peg to Hang a Premeditated ICTD Theory

--Gender in the Information Society: Emerging issues

2014

In September 2014, IT for Change and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, jointly organised a Round Table in Bengaluru titled 'Inclusion in the network society – mapping development alternatives, forging research agendas'. The Round Table brought together 28 research scholars, development practitioners and thinkers,…

2014

In September 2014, IT for Change and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, co-organised a Round Table in Bengaluru titled 'Inclusion in the network society – mapping development alternatives, forging research agendas'. The Round Table brought together leading scholars, development practitioners and thinkers, interested in…

2013

Nandini.C represented IT for Change on the Panel 'Framing Development Justice' at the 2013 Asia Pacific Regional Consultation with Special Procedures Mandate Holders organised by APWLD, between October 27-29 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A detailed backgrounder elaborating the arguments made in her presentation is enclosed here.

2012

At IT for Change (ITfC), we focus on a grounded analysis and exploration of the possibilities that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer for development interventions, especially in the areas of governance, gender and education. We have endeavoured to demystify technology, de-centre expertise, develop a…

2011

IT for Change organised a panel with IKME at the EADI/DSA General Conference on 'Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty' which was held in York (United Kingdom) on 19-22 September 2011. The panel was titled 'How are Digital Technologies Transforming Development?' Anita Gurumurthy was a part of the panel…

2010

In this article published in International Technology and International Development (Special edition on the Harvard Forum II), Anita Gurumurthy offers a macro-structural critique that derives from an analysis of some policy texts, as well as from the first-hand experience of IT for Change. Read the article here.

2010

IT for Change was present at the 2010 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) which was held in London on 13-16 December 2010. After taking part in the opening panel about practitioners' perspectives, Anita Gurumurthy was part of the following panels: 'How can ICT research…

2009

This paper is based on a lecture delivered at the Michigan State University (USA) in February 2009. Unpacking the hegemonic neo-liberal and market fundamentalist view on ICTD, the paper details a two-fold discourse, where the utopic preoccupation with technology and an ahistoric conception of the world converges with the…

2009

At the 2009 Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD), IT for Change organised a panel  titled 'Tracing the genealogy of ICTD research: Premises, predispositions, and paradoxes of a field in the making'. As a field in the making, ICTD is situated right at the centre of an unfolding…

2008

This paper was prepared for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID) Global Forum on Access and Connectivity: Innovative Funding for ICT for Development (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) in May 2008 The analysis captures the significance of a rights-based approach to ICTD, which can provide a new point of…